News & Events

Dr. Brown speaking in National City on March 4

Posted 2 Feb. 2017  On March 4, Dr. Brown will be presenting on Addiction Is the Symptom at the National City, CA, Public Library. Get the details at the library’s website.

Dr. Brown speaking in San Diego on December 10

Posted 9 Dec. 2016  The holiday season can be tough when you’re in recovery. Dr. Brown talks about preventing relapse at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, December 10, at the Live and Let Live Alano Club in San Diego. Q & A to follow. The club is at 1730 Monroe Ave.

NAATP convention: there in spirit

Posted 6 May 2016  We can’t be at the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers conference this year (May 15 to 17 in Ft. Lauderdale). But the book will be there: a copy in every attendee’s conference bag, courtesy of Dr. Brown. Yes, she’s serious about spreading the word on her step-based therapy!

Interview on

Posted 4 Feb. 2016  This week, Dr. Brown was interviewed by the Matrix Institute on Addictions, whose Southern California facilities focus on integrated, evidence-based outpatient treatment. The Twelve Steps are just one component of their approach. Watch the blog or our social media for a link to the podcast on

We’re on the front page of Together AZ

Posted 4 Dec. 2015  We have a big article on the front page of the December issue of Arizona-based addiction recovery publication Together AZ. You can also read it at the Together AZ website. This long article is largely excerpted from the book, so it’s a good place to get an extended introduction to Dr. Brown’s thinking and step method. Enjoy.

Hear us on the Self-improvement Show Sept. 3

Posted 27 Aug. 2015  Dr. Brown and Laura will be talking about the book on Irene Conlan’s Self-improvement Show live on Thursday, Sept. 3, 4 p.m. eastern time. It promises to be a great discussion. An ordained minister who has performed several hundred weddings, Dr. Conlan has a masters in nursing and a doctorate in metaphysics, is a certified hypnotherapist, and had her own therapy practice for 12 years.

Dr. Brown presents at the La Jolla Library Aug. 1

Posted 14 July 2015  Dr. Brown, a resident of the San Diego neighborhood of La Jolla, CA, for many years, will give a presentation at the La Jolla Branch Library on August 1 at 10 a.m. A nice opportunity to meet Dr. Brown.

See you at the Art of Recovery Expo in September

Posted 25 June 2015  Laura MacKay and Len Baltzer will be at the annual Art of Recovery Expo in Phoenix on September 19. The Expo is open to the public and free of charge. Focused on adolescent, young adult, and family recovery, it’s meant to be a place where the entire family can go to explore and learn about ways to prevent and treat addiction. Len has been before, and he says there’s no recovery event quite like it. This year’s keynote speaker is Benoit Denizet-Lewis, the bestselling author of America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life.

Thumbs up from Barnes & Noble Small Press

Posted 25 June 2015  Barnes & Noble Small Press has chosen to order Addiction Is the Symptom. Not every B&N will have it on their shelves (yet!), but this means they can order it—and customers can ask that they do so. This is very affirming of the book’s quality and appeal. Onward and upward.

On Recovery Radio, Dr. B on symptom substitution

Posted 25 May 2015  Neil Scott of the Seattle-based radio program Recovery Coast to Coast interviewed Dr. Brown while we were all at the annual conference of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) in May. In this 10-minute interview, Dr. Brown talks about the personal relapse that helped her begin to understand symptom substitution—a form of relapse no one is talking about. Click here to listen.

The nightly two-hour program (Monday through Friday, 10 p.m. to midnight PST) is devoted exclusively to addiction, with a positive focus on recovery. Other upcoming guests include Bonnie Raitt, Judy Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. Nice company, Dr. Brown!

May 16 to 18: Laura and Len at NAATP conference

Posted 15 April 2015   From May 16 to 18, Laura MacKay and Len Baltzer will be at the annual conference of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), held this year in Carlsbad, CA, near San Diego. Len wrote the foreword for Addiction Is the Symptom and is a cofounder of the NAATP, which represents nearly 275 not-for-profit and for-profit addiction treatment providers.